Kristiansten fortress



Up hills from the Bakklandet, on a brink controlling the city, we find the fortress Kristiansten festning. The man's, the king's, name "Kristian" means “Christian", and so "Kristiansten" means "Christian Stone”. And speaking of what really is important to defend in Christian faith we of course come to the conclusion faith itself is. Faith makes us independent. And what really shows faith is the child. Jesus pointed this out to us, saying that for him who made a child fall from innocence and faith, for him it was better if a millstone was hanged around his neck and he was drowned in the depth of a sea. And Jesus told us to be like children again. The kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who do. Faith, as the readiness of innocence, is the corner stone of what Christian is. And the fortress Kristiansten festning is a symbol of independence. We may build spiritual fortresses to defend faith.

The fortress was build after the great fire in 1681. The hills upon which the fortress is build had shown themselves to be of vital importance to keep control over during earlier Swedish invasions, and a garrison was placed on the fortress. The only time the fortress was put to test was during the Swedish invasion in The Great Nordic war in 1718. The Swedes surrounded the city. The soldiers at the fortress suffered from starvation but the garrison in Trondheim withstood attack.

During World War II Norwegian patriots were executed on the fortress by the Germans. And after the war, some convicted war criminals were executed on the fortress by the King of Norway, among these Gerhard Flesch, the head of the Gestapo in the district, and Henry Oliver Rinnan and nine of his men, a gang hated for torturing Norwegian patriots during the war.

On the fortress today salute guns are placed. The fortress is a peaceful spot and as such a recreational area for both citizens and tourists.